World Crypto Economic Forum (#wcef) in the San Francisco Bay Area is the first of a series of events around the world to support the blockchain community and create a global network of entrepreneurs and developers in today’s fast-evolving blockchain economy.
Great to catch up with my great friend Yumi, who is CEO & Co-Founder of Lead, Making the first AI-powered career-oriented social platform that empowers women in the workplace.
There were so many participants around the world.
International Crypto Trends: Japan, Europe, Korea
Europe invested $1.76 Billion Dollars, North America invested $1.08 Billon Dollars on ICOs. There is no legislation to restrict bitcoin or cryptcurrencies in Europe. According to EU’s highest Court of Justice, Bitcoin is a currency, and not property.
In Korea, the bottom line is called as ” Kimchi Premium”.
Interesting article to read: Crypto This Week: Kimchi Premiums, China’s Bitcoin Miners, Valuation Dips ,
The world largest bitcoin exchange bitFlyer is now in located in San Francisco, originally from Japan.
Christian is the founder of cryptotech.guru, an organization dedicated to the creation of peer-to-peer technologies as alternatives to existing centrally-controlled systems. Over the last 8 years, Christian has been involved in dozens of projects applying distributed solutions to a wide variety of problems across multiple industries including finance, supply chain management, healthcare, real estate, cannabis distribution, and more.
Eric is currently the Founder and CEO of Hub. He was a co-founder at LinkedIn, where he was the founding CTO and a VP. At LinkedIn, Eric helped create some of its core product features, which enabled the company to reach profitability and a quickly growing user base. Before that, Eric co-founded two other Internet companies in the time management, collaboration, and mobile areas. He enjoys working at the intersection of products, technologies and business models to create highly successful companies. Eric serves on the advisory board of Movoto.com, an online real estate company.
Jeremy Gardner:General Partner at Ausum Ventures, Cofounder at Augur, Blockchain Education Network.
Jeremy Gardner is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Blockchain Capital. He has been involved in the blockchain sector since 2013, and has founded several successful ventures in the industry.
In early 2014, Jeremy founded what is now known as the Blockchain Education Network (BEN). What began as a small hodgepodge of “bitcoin clubs”, quickly exploded into a global network of student organizations, spanning every continent, over thirty countries, and nearly four hundred schools today. Jeremy still serves as chairman of the board.
In late 2014, Jeremy co-founded Augur, a decentralized prediction market platform built on the Ethereum blockchain. Jeremy traveled the world, raising awareness for Augur. This culminated in the first “ICO” on Ethereum for Augur’s native token, REP, raising $5.2 million. Today, REP’s market capitalization hovers around $400 million, with Augur planning to launch in summer 2017.
Since joining Blockchain Capital, Jeremy has helped various portfolio companies navigate the industry, and bolstered their operations and marketing. He is also the editor-in-chief of Distributed, the only print magazine dedicated to blockchain technology.
Gil Penchina is a serial entrepreneur and super angel. He was an angel in Brave, Ripple, Filecoin, Civic, EOS and was actually an angel investor in the first crypto currency startup, Paypal in 1999.
He’s a frequent media contributor on Blockchain at:
He is a co-founder and advisor to Pryze.com and Partner at Ridge Ventures
Previously he was the founder of Flight.vc which manages over 25 investment syndicates with over 5,000 angel investors, a co-founder of Fastly, CEO of Wikia, now a top 50 website and was a member of the pre-IPO team at eBay. Before eBay, Gil worked at General Electric, Bain & Co. and started two small technology companies.
In addition, Gil has been an active angel investor in over 200 companies including firms such as Dollar Shave Club, Cruise Automotive, Linkedin, Paypal, AngelList, AltSchool, eShares, Wealthfront, Indiegogo, and many others.
Gil’s notes above.